Sunrise Shadows and Ridges at Moran Point

On February 26, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Moran Point Sunrise (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 58mm, ISO 200, 1/15 sec, f/13

This was the last sunrise of my trip. I had to get up extra early to make the drive to Moran Point which is near the eastern entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. My plan was to leave the park via the eastern exit on my way to Yuma AZ for business. This would be about a 7 hour drive, but I had a few photography opportunities on the way, so it took much longer than that. The things we do for our hobby.

Moran Point is interesting because it allows you to shoot the length of the canyon, instead of mostly shooting across the canyon as at other scenic vistas within the park. This is another focus-stacked image consisting of four images focused on different ridge lines.

That ends my three day Grand Canyon National Park photography trip. I captured 362 images that I deemed worthy of saving (the original number was way higher) from 10 different locations. Fifteen of those images ended up on this blog. It was a long three days chasing sunrise and sunset, but well worth the effort!

Moran Point: 36.004709° -111.924121°

An In Situ Look at Desert View Watchtower

On February 23, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Desert View Watchtower, Mojave Point, Grand Canyon National Park (click to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 50mm, ISO 200, 1/40 sec, f/13

This is a second composition of the Desert View Watchtower. While the first composition on this blog presented a close up, looking up, view of the tower, this image is an in situ view of the tower and its surroundings.

In this image you can see how the materials used to construct the Desert View Watchtower blend in so well with its surroundings. Notice the triangle around the top of the tower are the same color as parts of the dead tree in the foreground. This image was captured 15 minutes after the previous image and from a different angle. The clouds framing the tower, puffy in the previous image, are now solid with areas of blue. The additional clouds change the light and mood of the image.

Desert View Watchtower: 36.043408° -111.825842°

Nikon D810, 44mm, ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f/13

It is said that on a clear day there is a panoramic view over 100 miles from the top of the Desert View Watchtower. The tower looks to be a snippet of the Grand Canyon with the layers of colors and shapes. I was lucky that the sky was full of puffy clouds that further accentuated the tower shape.

There are dozens of angles from which to capture the Desert View Watchtower at Mojave Point in Grand Canyon National Park. This is the close up, looking up, view of the tower. The next post contains an image showing the tower in its natural surroundings.

Desert View Watchtower: 36.043408° -111.825842°

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